AMVETS
Department of Wisconsin

2018 Gallery

January

Post 50 – Care Boxes

At the December monthly meeting AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 50 found out that Patti and Hank Thomas had a grandson, Dean Freeman, who was stationed in Afghanistan. The Ladies Auxiliary voted to make up Care Boxes that they would send for Valentine’s Day to Dean and his 17 fellow troops who were stated with him. On January 19, 2018, the AMVETS Auxiliary packed up the three large boxes and mailed them. The Auxiliary is very grateful to all those who donated goodies that were placed in the boxes.

The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary donated 10 new Winter jackets to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. Along with the jackets Honorary Member Helen Krucky made matching hats and mittens to go with the jackets. The Auxiliary hopes the jackets will find good homes.

AMVETS Auxiliary Post 50, Phillips made a $100 donation to the Price County Sheriff’s Department towards organizing their Annual Safety Education Program geared toward all children and adults. The department has received very positive and encouraging feed back from the children, adults and teachers. In cooperation with the Department, child safety and drug education materials will be provided for children, pre-school and older, as well as Internet Safety, ID Theft and material for our senior citizens. These materials have been designed exclusively by National Child Safety Council, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization.

  • Picture 1: AMVETS Auxiliary members: Marilyn Flietner, Lonnie Sherry and Pres. Dolores Gradinjan. Standing behind the ladies is Andy Sherry who the Auxiliary is very thankful for, who helped carry the large boxes into the Post Office to be mailed.
  • Picture 2: holding some of the jackets, left to right are: AMVETS Auxiliary members Dolores Gradinjan, Carol Lapp, food pantry director Pat Scowcroft, Lonnie Sherry and Linda Schweikert.
  • Picture 3: from Left to right are AMVETS Auxiliary members Linda Schweikert, Sheriff Brian Schmidt, Pres. Dolores Gradinjan, Lonnie Sherry and Carol Lapp.

March

Post 127

This is from Post 127 in Ladysmith in Rusk County:

The 7 women members are (from left to right):
Kries USCG, Kathleen Paulson USNR, Lisa Stipetik USA, Linda Derek USAR, Judi Novak USAF, Rachael Rosalowski USMC, Lynda Battles USN. Not pictured Andrea Sieg USA, Ashley Schemenauer USA All recruited in the past 9 months. Is the smallest Post in the county and to have all 5 branches of the military represented.


May

Post 99 – Memorial Day

Members of AMVETS Post 99 Honor Guard preparing to deliver 21 gun salute in honor of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. From left: Leroy Free, David Soukup, Jim Chizek, Dan Czekala, Pat Gadzinski, Paul Balaska, Vic Herrmann, Larry Yax and Henry Carmody.

AMVETS Post 99 and Auxiliary laid American Flags at all veterans graves in Calvary Cemetery in time for Memorial Day 2018. Ed and Chris Mahloch, Roger R Dufek and Larry Yax.

Roger R Dufek salutes the fallen veteran as he places an American Flag at each grave in Calvary Cemetery for Memorial Day.

Cleaning the AMVETS Post 99 Park. Ed Mahloch, Tom Seiler, Larry Yax and Roger Dufek

Tom and Kathy Muench owners of Boetlers Jewelers donated diamond earrings to Yvonne and Davis Reno for AMVETS Post 99 Memorial Picnic in the Park. The annual fundraiser at 4310 Conroe St. in Rapids supports their many veteran, military and community projects and programs.

(from left to right)

  • Picture 1: Leroy Free, David Soukup, Jim Chizek, Dan Czekala, Pat Gadzinski, Paul Balaska, Vic Herrmann, Larry Yax and Henry Carmody
  • Picture 2: Ed and Chris Mahloch, Roger R Dufek and Larry Yax
  • Picture 3: Roger R Dufek salutes the fallen veteran
  • Picture 4: Ed Mahloch, Tom Seiler, Larry Yax and Roger Dufek
  • Picture 5: Tom and Kathy Muench owners of Boetlers Jewelers donated diamond earrings to Yvonne and Davis Reno

AMVETS Post 50 – Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs

May 31, 2018 AMVETS Post 50 Phillips, WI conducted their annual “Hooked on fishing not on Drugs” youth fishing program. The Post purchased fishing poles and tackle for all the student in the fourth grade to keep and take home. It was a great day for fishing. Many parents and grand parents attended. This is the eleventh year of this program. For more information on the AMVETS contact the Price county VSO.


June

Post 30 – Appleton Flag Day Parade

Post 30 attended the June 9th Appleton Flag Day Parade with tributes to the theme of Army and Vietnam, memorializing those who died for our Freedoms and those did come home. Their name sake Myron Palmbach of Greenville is buried at Ft. William McKinley Cemetery (Manila-Phillipines). There was also a 200th Anniversary of the Flag Act and unveiling of the New “Flag Act” Stamp at Houdini Plaza earlier that day. The “Fallen Angel” Military Tribute truck was at the parade as well.

2018 Department Convention – June 21st – June 24th


July

AMVETS Post 50 & Auxiliary – Veterans Welcome Home Picnic

Veterans Welcome Home Picnic July 19, 2018 was held at Happy Daze Bar & grill Kennan, Wi. It was sponsored by The Kennan Legion Post. Around 90 veterans and family’s attended. Donations to the Honor Flight were made. One from the AMVETS Post 50 and Auxiliary of $9500.00. One from the Combined effort With AMVETS, Legion and VFW $4500.00. One from Happy Daze for $1000.00. A fine time was had by all.

Post 33 – Heroes’ Hunt for Veterans

Peter & Tim in Waupun

 


August

Auxiliary 13 – Pop Can Tabs

Lynda Taylor and Darlene Hempel sitting on 210# of can tabs they delivered to Appleton P. D. They should fill the Red House. They were collected by Aux.and Post 13, Redgranite.

AMVETS Post 99 & Auxiliary – Ice Cream Socials

AMVETS Post 99 and Auxiliary visited several nursing homes throughout Manitowoc County this summer. The socials were to honor veterans with gifts and ice cream.

Pictured below is: David Soukup with his dad, Milton at Rivers Bend Health and Rehab. Milton served in the United States Army 1948/49 and David served in Army National Guard 1972/77. Both are members of AMVETS Post 99.


September

Auxiliary 99 – Backpack & Pencil Boxes Donation

AMVETS Post 99 donated school backpacks to the Manitowoc School System.

Picture 1: Making the presentation to Manitowoc School Superintendent Mark Holzman  are from left: Post 99 Commander Dennis Scherer, AMVETS Jim Carlson and Mike Mahon, Ladies Auxiliary Child Welfare Officer Mary Carlson , Mark Holzman  and Auxiliary President Deb Mahon.  Filled backpacks will be given out at the elementary schools to children as needed.

Picture 2: Pencil boxes designed by AMVETS Post 99 Auxiliary Child Welfare Chair, Mary Carlson are filled with pencils and have been given to every elementary class in Manitowoc School System.  The boxes will be filled as needed on an ongoing AMVETS/Auxiliary project.

Auxiliary 60 – Donation to Zablocki VA Medical Center

Recently Wisconsin AMVETS Auxiliary #60 donated over $1,000 worth of equipment to the Adaptive cycling program in the Zablocki VAMC Spinal Cord Injury Unit. This program is for the spinal cord injury unit recreation therapy department cycling equipment in which veterans need adaptations to the bike so they can cycle independently.

This equipment ranges from modified foot pedals to hand grips, shifting levers and/or leg supports are just a few examples. Veterans can exercise and prevent secondary conditions; weight gain, diabetes, depression are a few examples. Veterans can pursue a healthy lifestyle through cycling.

Pictured are members of Auxiliary 60, President Marvell Ruppel and Treasures Jo Ann Leinweber, along with Rec Therapist Chelsea Gruettner and two wounded heroes from the unit.

Auxiliary 99 – Painting Project

AMVETS Post 99 Auxiliary hosted a painting project for the kids on September 28, 2018 at the club house. Pictured are all who participated with Child Welfare Chair Mary Carlson center back.

October

Post 33

Dave & Ligita Ryan owners of D.L.R. Custom Wood Flags in Juneau, Wisconsin Donated a large wood flag to Robert Frankenstein AMVETS Post 33 Beaver Dam. They hand make every flag in their wood shop in Juneau and sell them with 10% going to various veterans groups. The flags come in a variety of sizes and themes.
Dave said the knot on the 6th stripe has the apperance of a sunset and felt it was the ideal location for the aircraft. When they were asked why they picked AMVETS Post 33 they said because of what the post and membership does for veterans and the community. Post 33 was honored to accept the donation.
D.L.R. Custom Wood Flags can be found on Facebook or you can call them at 920-219-1036

Peter Jozefowski PDC
Commander
Robert Frankenstein AMVETS Post 33
Beaver Dam, WI